Considering writing a book. Any helpful hints?

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  1. RodISHI
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    I'm not a writer but I would like to share some things so I'm considering writing a book. A friend asked me to write a book about my life some years back. Actually several friends ask me to write it all down. So I did. Well actually I started. Almost four hundred pages into it something happened that changed the whole course of our lives. I was awakened in the middle of the night with nightmare, yet it was a real event that took place when I was five years old. Three fifteen in the morning I called Rod and he answered the phone with, "What's wrong". He sounded to me like he was wide awake sitting by the phone when he answered the call. He was in Iowa and I was in Florida in the Everglades. We had a disagreement before I had went to Florida, well actually more than one but that one in particular nearly caused the final straw for a full and complete divorce. We had previously signed the papers and our attorney had put them in a file all prepared to submit at a phone call to him to do so. The year before our attorney told us to wait and try to work things out because he really did not think we wanted a divorce. He was right but we were or seemed miserable around one another. That final argument was about trust. Even though I did and still do trust Rod more than any man on earth he was very jealous that God alone gets me absolute and total trust. Three months went by and he refused to go to Florida that year with me so I had packed the pickup with the computer, my stuff and the dogs, hooked to the boat and went by myself down there to our little spot. I was also very hurt and mad that Rod refused to go. I called and the attorney's secretary. She said she threw the divorce papers out. The divorce would have to wait until I got back from Florida and new papers could be filled out.

    Several weeks of going through memories and events that shaped my life and the path that I have walked this dream/memory totaled it all. When Rod first came to stay at my home I would awake us both with terrible screams from the nightmares I had three to four nights out of every week. Back then Rod would just hold me in his arms and let me know I was safe until I fell back asleep. Over the years the nightmares subsided but had never fully gone away. When he asked that night I called him from Florida, "What's wrong?" I responded I think I have had the last nightmare I will ever have. Rod said, that's it you cannot do this by yourself. He flew down the next day. From that point onward everything changed. After few weeks were a roller coaster of recollections of events and emotions of the previous twenty years and beyond the time we had been together. A battle was on and it was a spiritual battle. Some will understand that some here will not. The Holy Spirit was with us for almost two months. The book I had been writing seemed so unimportant at that point. The precepts that men have proclaimed and taught melted away at that point for us. I know some will understand what I am speaking about and others here will not.

    We learned at that point in our lives that although we may perceive something one way we really have no clue what is happening in the spiritual realm. We also learned the most precious things in this life are stored in a place the flesh is not allowed to go. It is hidden from us and kept in a safe place. A lock box that God Himself keeps. Truly a treasure beyond what people of living on earth can imagine.


    So any helpful hints on how to write a book?
     
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    I've been wanting to write a book since I learned how to write; however, the will to write a book about my life hasn't surfaced until I was in my late teens. My English language professor asked me to. He made me promise that one day I will sit down and do just that. I've been thinking about doing so off and on. I still want to. And I still don't know how. I don't know where to start, what to focus on, etc. Basically, I have the same question ... How the hell do I write a book?

    Good luck. It seems you're way ahead of me. Writing 400 pages is impressive!
     
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    Get an agent. It's almost impossible to get anything published without it. Subscribe to a writer's magazine and learn how to write out your book proposals.
     
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    Thank you. I was terrible at English in school. It was one of those subjects that I just could not get into. I have depended on Rod to be my editor over the years for business letters I had to write. The only one that read what I wrote the first time was Rod. Part of it got saved on a disk and when we got back to Iowa the computer crashed so most of it was lost. I still recall all of it. Shame we do not have the hard drive Rod has recovery software now we could get it all back with. I have to assume it was not meant to be and start over.
     
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    Thank you. I'll look into it from that angle.
     
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    I'd like to write a book too but I'm afraid the only person who would buy it would be the wife...:lol:
     
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    Keep it conversational.

    Avoid big words and complicated sentences.

    Don't talk down to your audience.
     
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    Not a big word person normally. I do have a hard time forming sentences at times. Thank you.
     
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    Here's the best advice: really, really want to write it. Don't write it to get published (cause you probably won't and it can take years for it to be published after you write it). Don't write it cause you dream of being a writer. Don't write it to please people. Write it cause you enjoy the very act of writing it and that is what is good enough.

    If, after you finish it, then think about getting published and take classes and do LOTS of research on the best way, at the time, to do that. Many writers are publishing themselves these days and that takes a lot of money and gets very little distribution.

    My English lit professor had written a number of books before being published. Each book took about ten years to write, finally get published (if they actually were published, and its the longest part), and then released to the public. Another English professor I know has written three novels, all of which have never been published, and the manuscripts have been collecting dust in his closet for years. There's A LOT of competition out there.

    Good luck!
     

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